You don’t have to go to a National Park to enjoy nature’s beauty. There are over 100 State Parks all over the state filled with beautiful trails, playgrounds, lakes, beaches, and activities. Search for the nearest State Park near you — it might surprise you how close it is!
#13 Say “hi!” to the animals at John Ball, Binder Park, Detroit, or Garlyn Zoo
Region: Southwest, Southeast, Upper Peninsula
Location: Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Royal Oak, Naubinway
Michigan is home to several outstanding zoos across all corners of the state. Say hi to the giraffes at Binder Park, chill out with the polar bears in Royal Oak, pet sting rays at John Ball or get up close to some Michigan natives in Naubinway.
#18 Eat from Little Fleet food trucks in Traverse City
Location: Traverse City
The food truck scene in Traverse City began with the popular Little Fleet. Besides the eight food trucks with a huge variety of delicious eats parked around the outdoor seating area, the venue boasts charming décor and a full-service, indoor bar, making it the perfect stop during a busy TC travel day.
#23 Relax at Beal Botanical and Children’s Gardens at MSU
Location: East Lansing
The W.J. Beal Botanical Garden is an outdoor laboratory for the study and appreciation of plants. The garden, established in 1873 by William James Beal, is the oldest continuously operated university botanical garden of its kind in the U.S. The Children’s Garden on MSU’s south campus is filled with whimsy and cute interactives, and is a perfect place to afternoon in East Lansing!
#24 Explore the Shipwrecks of Thunder Bay at the National Marine Sanctuary
Enveloping the coast of Alpena and the surrounding areas of Thunder Bay and Lake Huron, the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary has been accumulating a large number and variety of shipwrecks since the 1800s, and is a truly spectacular place to visit. Take a glass-bottomed boat tour to see sunken ships or just explore the museum for informative and interesting Michigan history.
#31 Go back in time and walk through Greenfield Village
Take a journey back in time at Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village. Watch the glass blowing demonstrations (great for kids), 19th century lawn games, explore the grounds of authentic historic buildings, and immerse yourself in this living history experience.
#38 Enjoy the fresh produce, flowers, and murals at Eastern Market
There’s nothing better than Eastern Market in the summer if you’re in Detroit. Browse the pavilions and vendors, grab a bite to eat, smell the flowers, and check out the street performers and murals near by.
#49 Be amazed by the size and awesomeness of the DIA
With the majesty of the ancient structure of Athens and Rome and spaciousness diversity in it’s displays, the Detroit Institute of Art is a must-do for any Michigander in Detroit looking for a hot day activity. Roam the many galleries and rooms and find your favorite pieces of art or architecture!